Position Announcement: Coopersville Area District Library Director

Coopersville Area District Library
333 Ottawa St, Coopersville, MI 49404

Position Announcement: Coopersville Area District Library Director
To continue to fulfill the library’s mission: Preserving the past, providing technology and education for a lifetime of learning and promoting culture and community through literature and the arts,” the Coopersville Area District Library Board is accepting resumes for the position of Library Director.

The Coopersville Area District Library (CADL) began serving citizens within Polkton Township and the city of Coopersville in 1913. In the 1970s, it became a district library and added both Wright and Chester Townships to its service area. In 1994, the library transitioned to be a governmental authority. In 2015, the community passed a $1.65 million bond millage proposal to renovate and expand the building. Operations resumed at the current location on Ottawa Street location in May 2017.

Responsibilities:
The Director plans and administers all aspects of library operations: supervise all staff and volunteers, implement policies set by the CADL Board, develop and promote innovative and creative programs and diverse and accessible collections to best serve the library’s users and acts as its representative at local, state and intergovernmental meetings with the Downtown Development Authority, Ottawa County, Library of Michigan, Lakeland Library Cooperative and many others.

Qualifications:
• A master’s degree or its equivalent from a library school accredited by the American Library Association and Level Two Certification by the Library of Michigan. (The director will have previously completed or will complete the New Director’s Workshop within 1 year of the appointment and complete Advanced Director’s Workshop within 2 years of being appointed library director.)
• Effective interpersonal relations, including strong team-building, active listening and problem solving skills.
• Experience in financial management, budgeting, district library law and operating policies and strategic planning and the ability to share that knowledge with others.
• Strong communication skills when working with the board, staff and the community in promoting library services and the value of the library including the use of social media and web page design.
• Proficiency with technology associated with library management, software applications and hardware maintenance.
• Experience in materials selection, collection maintenance and organization and a true love for libraries and the principals they support.
This is a full-time 40 hour per week position with a starting salary between $42,500 and $45,500 based on experience. There is also a generous benefits package.

Individuals interested in this position should send a detailed cover letter and resume to addresses identified qualifications, and applicable experience. Applicants should also provide three professional references that are familiar with the applicant’s job performance and potential success in this position. Please include name, position, email address, and phone number for contacting references.

Application deadline is Monday, September 7th at 3:00 pm. Please e-mail or mail the requested information to:
Carol Dawe, Director
carol@llcoop.org
Lakeland Library Cooperative/4138 3 Mile Rd NW/Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Complete Position Description:
LIBRARY DIRECTOR

Reports to Coopersville Area District Library Board
Supervises: All library staff.
40 hours per week

General Summary: The Director plans and administers all aspects of the library’s operations: supervise all staff and volunteers, implement policies set by the CADL Board, develop and promote innovative and creative programs and diverse and accessible collections to best serve the library’s users and acts as its representative at local, state and intergovernmental meetings with the Downtown Development Authority, Ottawa County, Library of Michigan, Lakeland Library Cooperative and many others.
Qualifications:
• A master’s degree or its equivalent from a library school accredited by the American Library Association and Level Two Certification by the Library of Michigan. (The director will have previously completed or will complete the New Director’s Workshop within 1 year of the appointment and complete Advanced Director’s Workshop within 2 years of being appointed library director.)
• Effective interpersonal relations, including strong team building, active listening, and problem-solving skills.
• Experience in financial management, budgeting, district library law and operating policies and strategic planning and the ability to share that knowledge with others.
• Strong communication skills when working with the board, staff, and the community in promoting library services and the value of the library including the use of social media and web page design.
• Proficiency with technology associated with library management, software applications and hardware maintenance.
• Experience in materials selection, collection maintenance and organization and a true love for libraries and the principals they support.
Essential Functions and Duties:
• Oversees and evaluates the operation of the library.
• Develops library policies and procedures, implements and administers them upon approval of the library board.
• Formulates and develops library goals and objectives and plans library services to meet them.
• Promotes and publicizes library services and programs.
• Supervises all library staff.
• Implements board personnel policies and is responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring and training new employees, and for evaluating performance and making termination decisions for all staff.
• Implements regular staff meetings.
• Prepares an annual budget and administers and monitors the expenditure of funds.
• Negotiates all library agreements for services and purchases, presenting all contracts and recommendations to the library board.
• Oversees fundraising activities for the library, including writing grant proposals and assuring successful completion of grant projects.
• Is responsible for collection development and maintenance and keeping materials, current, relevant, factual, and broad-based in scope.
• Prepares monthly financial, circulation, department and program reports to be included in the board packet.
• Attends all regular and special meetings of the Coopersville Area District Library Board of Trustees.
• Encourages and maintains active participation within the Lakeland Library Cooperative.
• Represents the library at meetings and conferences of county, state, regional, and national professional library associations.
• Maintains confidentiality of all patron records and transactions.
• Maintains library equipment inventory records.
• Enforces library “rules of conduct” and takes appropriate action in case of infringement.
• Performs all other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees.

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